Skylane Air Charter

Operated at SEN from c.Nov 1986 to c.Apr 1993

Founders/Directors – Mr Graham Baguley and Mr Hans Baumhardt

Skylane was one of only two companies resident at Southend that operated both a flying club and an airline, the other being Willowair. Directly related to Skylane Flight Centre by virtue of senior management, this company started out using SFC’s Piper Aztec aircraft for ad-hoc charters that were flown under the operating licence of Directflight (Norwich). By 1988, the airline had been incorporated as Skylane Group Ltd and began to operate under its own licence although by this time, asides from daytime charters, the company was now carrying out the nightly transport of parcels, light freight and newspapers for British Rail Red Star Parcels (initially between Southend and Charleroi) and Higgs Air Agency. However, a slow down in the economy and changes to air freight rules saw a downturn in business and the company was eventually wound up in 1993.

With thanks to Hans Baumhardt for providing information for this page


Skylane Air Charter fleet while based at SEN

Piper PA-23 Aztec

G-SATO – 11/86 to 10/90

Sold to Skyshare Syndicate

Cessna 404 Titan

G-SKKC – 6/90 to 4/93

Sold to Atlantic Air Transport as G-MIND

Piper PA-31 Navajo

G-BBDS – 1/89 to 12/91

Re-reg as G-SKKB 4/90 – Sold to Bulldog Aviation

G-SKKA – 10/89 to c.4/93

TFR back to Johannes Baumhardt

Piper PA-31 Chieftain

G-YLAN – 4/88 to 5/90

Sold to Byrne Group PLC

G-YSKY – 2/88 to 3/93

Sold to Clacton Aero Club Ltd


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